Alfresco Delivers Next-Generation ECM Platform for Composite Content Application

First CMIS-Supported Solution Extends Integration to IBM/Lotus, Microsoft Outlook, Google Docs and Drupal

LONDON – May 27, 2010 – While CMIS, cloud computing and market commoditization have left some vendors struggling to determine the future of enterprise content management (ECM), Alfresco Software today unveiled Alfresco Enterprise Edition 3.3 as the platform for composite content applications that will redefine the way organizations approach ECM. As the first commercially-supported CMIS implementation offering integrations around IBM/Lotus social software, Microsoft Outlook, Google Docs and Drupal, Alfresco Enterprise 3.3 becomes the first content services platform to deliver the features, flexibility and affordability required across the enterprise.

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“Right now, we are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of issues and upheaval in the ECM industry – cloud computing and open source are a challenge for traditional ECM vendors, the CMIS standard will accelerate commoditization, and user demographics are changing the way people want to work. CIOs are realizing old monolithic ECM suites are failing to solve today’s content management needs and are seeking alternative and flexible platforms to compliment their corporate architectures,” said John Newton, Alfresco co-founder and CTO. “The latest iteration of Alfresco Enterprise extends the platform’s content services, enabling organizations to deploy composite content applications to support their business requirements.”

Alfresco Enterprise 3.3 is the only ECM system today to fully address the industry’s current content management requirements, by offering:

 

  • Quick and simple development environment to support new business applications;
  • Flexible deployment options enabling content applications to be deployed on-premise, in the cloud or on the Web;
  • Interoperability between business applications through open source and open standards;
  • The ability to link data, content, business process and context; and,
  • A way to manage ongoing costs and reduce capital expenditure.

Evolving today’s content management capabilities with platform for composite applications

The Alfresco Content Application Server in Enterprise 3.3 provides a robust and scalable platform that enables organizations to build and deploy future-proof content-rich composite applications. For organizations looking for a platform which offers comprehensive content services to address today’s evolving content requirements, Alfresco provides the ability to:

  • Build future-proof content applications through CMIS – With the first and most complete supported implementation of the CMIS standard, Alfresco now enables companies to build new content-based applications while offering the security of the most open, flexible and future-proof content services platform.
  • Repurpose content for multiple delivery channels – Advanced content formatting and transformation services allow organizations to easily repurpose content for delivery through multiple channels (web, smart phone, iPad, print, etc).
  • Improve project management with content collaboration – New datalist function can be used to track project related issues, to-dos, actions and tasks, supplementing existing commenting, social tagging, discussions and project sites.
  • Deploy content through replication services – Companies can replicate and deploy content, and associated information, between content platforms. Using powerful replication services, users can develop and then deploy content outside the firewall, to web servers and into the cloud.
  • Develop new frameworks through Spring Surf – Building on SpringSource, the leader in Java application infrastructure used to create java applications, Spring Surf provides a scriptable framework for developing new content rich applications.

“Alfresco provides customers with a platform containing robust content services. Alfresco’s open architecture has enabled Micro Strategies to quickly develop content applications to support our clients’ unique business processes, such as Church Pension Group and Molecular NeuroImaging (MNI), at a fraction of the cost of traditional ECM solutions,” said Adam Storch, Vice President, Business Solutions, Micro Strategies Inc.

“The combination of Alfresco content application server and CMIS provides a perfect platform for developing mobile content applications. Zia Consulting have built mobile clients for the iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone, allowing mobile workers to access content irrespective of location,” commented Mike Mahon, President, Zia Consulting, Inc.

Extending content services to end user applications

Alfresco content services provide users with access to tools such as content rules, actions, commenting, metadata, retention and tagging. Designed to drive greater adoption throughout the organization, increase productivity and enable users to access content services regardless of desktop application, Alfresco provides content services for:

  • IBM Lotus – The integration between Alfresco and IBM Lotus software products (Lotus QuickrTM, Lotus ConnectionsTM and Lotus NotesTM), provides a light-weight, deployable ECM for Lotus’ social collaboration products with certified Records Management functionality and Cloud Computing deployment features.
  • Microsoft Outlook Calendar – This enables users to automatically create Alfresco Share collaboration sites to support meetings from within Outlook, with a workspace to track meeting related content (minutes, reports etc.), datalists, discussion threads and project wikis.
  • Drupal – The integration between Drupal and Alfresco provides robust CMIS content management services combined with the power of Drupal’s social publishing platform.
  • Google Docs – Alfresco’ s integration with Google Docs provides users with full online editing capabilities, removing the need to use office applications, such as Microsoft OfficeTM to modify or update content. The integration with Google Docs will be available in Alfresco Enterprise in June.

"We are seeing increasing interest in companies wanting to use Alfresco content services to manage content that is published through a Drupal frontend, integrating Drupal based e-commerce and community features. The new CMIS standard has simplified the development of the integration between Alfresco and Drupal," commented Arnold Leung, CEO, Appnovation Technologies.

“We have delivered on a critical customer need by integrating an open, easily deployable back end ECM platform into the Lotus social collaboration suite," said Jeff Schick, VP of IBM Social Computing Software. "A match seemingly made in CMIS heaven, this integration not only provides Lotus users with a strong content management foundation, but also makes Lotus’ innovative social collaboration tools available to the Alfresco community.”

The Alfresco Enterprise Edition is certified against a large range of technology stacks (both open source and proprietary), goes through an extensive QA process and is provided with full commercial technical support.

For more information see Gartner’s report “Introducing Composite Content Applications” by Toby Bell, 22 January 2010.

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